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2008 Boudreaux Cellars Merlot, Walla Walla Valley RP--92

$39.95

Item Description: This bottle is in new condition with no known issues

Tasting Notes

Robert Parker: 92 Points
Wine Advocate #204 Dec 2012 David Schildknecht 92 Drink: 2012 - 2020 $45 (45) Sourced from a geographically diverse and prestigious line-up -Sagemoor's Dionysus; Pepperbridge; Seven Hills; Wallula (all listed with percentages on the label) - the Boudreaux 2008 Merlot is responsible for the most peculiar and original surprise any wine from this ubiquitous grape has administered to my nose. Spirituous manifestations of dark berries, smoky suggestions of (wait! it really is from) brand new toasted hickory wood (40% of the barrel mix), peat, and cocoa all reconvene along with sweet, tart-edged dried cherry on a palate fine-grained in tannin as well as remarkably juicy and exuberant for a wine that features distilled and dried fruit allusions and 80% of which was raised in new barrels (the non-hickory ones are ordinary French oak). The surprises don't stop here, as there is a strongly alkaline mineral streak running all the way through this Merlot's long, sappy, clinging finish and contributing welcome counterpoint to its otherwise flamboyant and exotic characteristics. I suspect (having thus far tasted older Cabernets from Newsom but not Merlots) that this will be worth following from bottle for 6-8 years (my mind reels thinking about how to pair it at table!) though the style - for whose outlandishness I hope I have adequately prepared readers - will certainly not be to the liking of all.



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